Independence University

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Independence University
MottoEducation Online for a Better Life Offline.®
Typenon-profit [1]
Parent institution
Center for Excellence in Higher Education
PresidentEric Juhlin
ProvostMarilee Hall
Location, ,
ColorsRed, white, and blue
AffiliationsCollegeAmerica, Stevens-Henager College, California College San Diego
WebsiteIndependence University

Independence University (IU), formerly known as California College for Health Sciences, is an online non-profit[1] university headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2] Independence University is the online branch of Stevens–Henager College, and operates four schools: the School of Healthcare, the School of Business, the School of Technology, and the School of Graphic Arts. Independence University is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).[3]


In 1978, the school began to offer education at a distance and operated as California College for Health Sciences. In 2005, it was renamed Independence University in order to more accurately reflect the institution's broader range of programs and its philosophy that education should lead to greater independence. In 2010, Independence University merged with its affiliated institution, Stevens-Henager College, becoming a branch of Stevens-Henager's main campus in Ogden/West Haven, Utah.[4] Independence University belongs to a family of colleges and universities with educational roots dating back to 1891.


Independence University claims to offer degrees specially tailored to working people looking to further their education. [5] It offers programs in the fields of technology, business, graphic arts, and healthcare. Students attending the university can receive their associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or master's degree.[6]

The university does not function on a typical college schedule and does not have semesters or quarters. Instead, classes start each month and generally run for 4 weeks.[7]

Military assistance[edit]

Independence University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program,[8] a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows approved institutions of higher learning and the Department of Veterans Affairs to partially or fully fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.[9] IU offers several different types of aid for active military members, veterans, and their families. The university provides military financial specialists to help military members and their families get the most out of their service. IU also helps veterans transfer their military experience into university credits to be used for their education. [10]


  1. ^ a b "Independence University - College Navigator". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Independence University - CCHS". The College Board. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Accreditation".
  4. ^ "About IU".
  5. ^ "Our Mission".
  6. ^ "Explore our online degree programs".
  7. ^ "About Us".
  8. ^ "UT State Yellow Ribbon Program Information 2018-2019".
  9. ^ "Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Military & Veterans Admissions".

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Coordinates: 41°13′58″N 112°00′41″W / 41.23278°N 112.01139°W / 41.23278; -112.01139